Wow – my apologies for being absent for so long! I do have some exciting news to share with you however. Marieke Blokland has invited me to teach at her Art Journal Summer School. This is the kind of summer school you’ll love. There are 11 amazing teachers who will be presenting video tutorials on art journaling techniques you can use while on Summer Vacation. Check out the teachers who will be sharing during this online class.
If you are at all like me you tend to bring WAYYYY too many supplies with you while you go on vacation. Well in this workshop we’ll be teaching you how to only use supplies you can fit into a toiletry or cosmetic bag. How cool is that? More info here.
You’ll be art journaling in a smallish journal (about 5″ x 8″) so it won’t take up too much space in your suitcase or knapsack. If you’ll be planning a Staycation instead of going away it will still be awesome as you can easily bring these supplies with you to the beach or coffee shop.
Wow – I can’t believe it – soon Christmas will be upon us. I’m not quite ready yet – I have several gifts to get. How about you? A good friend gave me this lovely Christmas arrangement which i thought looked smashing on my painted coffee table! I took a photo and posted it on Instagram. Which reminds me – if you are on instragram come and follow me. If you are following me and i haven’t followed you back (because i’m still trying to figure out how it works) please let me know!
LIFEBOOK 2015 Starts in 2 weeks!
This Christmas I am not wanting for too much apart from books (which i love) – artsy, spiritual and personal growth books are always on my list! What is most important to me are experiences……….especially creative experiences. I’m asking for Ukulele lessons (you may recall I tried a couple of years ago to learn how to play and ended up quitting but this time i’d like to be serious about it. My Uke sits in a basket staring at me and imploring me to learn to play!). I also like the gift of online courses. At my age – 60 – there is not too much I need as I’ve amassed so much – as I’m sure you have as well.Taking classes and learning from other creatives always gets my mojo going!
And speaking of which – there are just 2 weeks left before LIFEBOOK 2015 starts up! It’s going to be an Art Journaling extravaganza! What better gift to give to yourself or to a loved one – the gift of creativity!! I can’t think of anything better. LIFEBOOK 2015 is going to be awesome! With more than 2 dozen artists teaching a couple of classes each (i’m one of them! Yay!) your year will be full of joyful creativity and self-discovery.
I can’t wait to begin – in fact I’ll be shooting my first class this week so I’m super duper excited! So if you or your loved one are stumped for what to ask for consider the gift of this amazing year long workshop series. At the end of it all you’ll have a fab book of your adventures.
People are talking about the community that forms around LIFEBOOK and how encouraging the teachers and participants are. For many people this is the cherry on top! I hope you’ll join us!
Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a chance to look around my new virtual home!
Many years ago – maybe 7 or 8 I had a challenge on my blog called “Long necked ladies” (or something to that effect). So many of my readers were challenged when it came to drawing faces so i decided to create a simple face – like the one above which appeared in my book Journal Bliss I asked people to download the image and then to colour, collage or do whatever they liked to it to make it look like theirs. I was amazed at all of the wonderfully diverse images my readers created! From that point on I believe many of them had the courage to veer off and experiment on their own creating their own signature look!
Here are a couple more long necked ladies that appear in my book.
Now you see a number of art journalers who have come up with stencils you can buy to create your own faces. It’s easy enough to create your own template though of a simple face like my long necked lady and then by using a piece of graphite paper transfer it onto your own journal page. By varying the media you use, the hair you put on you can come up with radically different designs!
In this image i am adding dimension to the face using pencil crayon over top of Twinkling H2O’s. It’s a design from my Journal Bliss workshop. You can make your girl as detailed or as simple as you like. And of course like anything the more you practice the better you’ll get at it.
You can then create a page around your drawing or like i did here cut out the face and glue it to a painted background. The possibilities are endless.
On my walk the other day I kept thinking of the song “This little light of mine…..” so instantly this image appeared in my mind. It was a bit more time consuming to create than the other cartoons but i like how it turned out in the end! These cartoons for for my 60 cartoons in 60 days challenge.
I posted this image on Facebook yesterday and titled it “May the 4th be with you” – a play on words of “May the Force be with you” (a Star wars phrase). But because i wanted this cartoon to be evergreen as it will appear in my 60 in 60 book I didn’t want to date it!
Here’s a compilation of some cartoons i have created – it looks like I am behind a couple of cartoons. I know I got very busy due to two parties – one of my own and one I attended.
Free Visual Journal Workshop!
There is a free Visual Journal Fodder workshop by the Journal Fodder Junkies – David R. Modler and Eric Scott going on at the Strathmore Website. How wonderful is that? So click here to sign up for this free class. If you are an art journaler I’m sure you’ll love this workshop series.
Today is the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast and I’m the guest artist for this week. Hooray!
One of my challenges is technology. The thing is everything is changing so quickly in the world that it’s hard to keep up. I think it’s easier for young people to keep up but it certainly is not impossible for more mature people – *ahem to get the hang of things.
So here i am in the above photo this morning with a goofy pair of headsets on trying to get the sound and lighting down right before the show this afternoon. You see the window lets too much light in so I had to put up a sarong on the window – too much light means washed out face. I have a fear of messing up so hope all goes well. I had Mr. G help me last night with the headset and he was having difficulty connecting the speakers and getting the sound right. He was pretty frustrated which made me worried since he’s a techie guy .
I think we got it right………..so fingers crossed!
I’m assembling all of my supplies and books so they can be accessed easily during the spreecast – I’m upstairs and my supplies are downstairs so it’s a bit of a schlepp if i forget something.
Because I have difficulty talking and drawing I’ll be sketching out some ideas so i can ink them in on camera.
There is so much stuff, ideas and life stories that i want to share – I’m sure I won’t get to all of them!
I thought I would share my story here to demonstrate that it’s good to “feel the fear and do it anyway” in life. You stay stuck if you let things like technology or not knowing how to do something prevent you from accessing your dreams!